Houston Mesa Campground is a developed, organized campground in Tonto National Forest just outside of the town of Payson, Arizona, that is tent and RV friendly. The Payson area, where Houston Mesa Campground is located, is less than a mile away from the campground, providing quick access to supplies and activities. The campsites at Houston Mesa are situated between large Ponderosa pine trees, which largely cover the area of Tonto National Forest in which the campground and the Payson area is located.

Houston Mesa Campground has 55 RV-friendly campsites and 17 tent-only campsites. In addition to the main campground, there is an adjacent equestrian campground located across Houston Mesa Road, with 29 campsites. All campsites include fire rings and access to bathrooms, showers, and trash cans.

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Houston Mesa Campground – Bottom Line

Houston Mesa Campground is an average camping experience, nothing too special, nothing too terrible about it. If you are looking for a simple and easy camping destination, Houston Mesa is it, but this is by no means a roughing it, away from civilization camping experience; you are pretty much within the town of Payson, and there is a Home Depot just outside the campground.

The campsites are usually provide enough privacy and separation that you do not feel on top of the neighboring campers, but you can still often hear other campers. The campground is clean and well maintained, and the campground hosts and other campers tend too be  friendly. That said, for our money we would rather go to FR 9350 Campground, which is not too far away on Highway 260, for a better tent camping experience.

Houston Mesa Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 72 Campsites
Cost: $20/Night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: All Major Carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: February 1st – October 31st
Other: Firewood available from the campground host.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.27, -111.31417
Nearest City/Town: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5200 Feet
Location: Gila County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Less than 1 mile to Payson, Arizona
Directions: To get to Houston Mesa Campground from Payson, Arizona, go north for 1 mile to the junction of Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) and Forest Road 199 (Houston Mesa Road). Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 199 for 0.10 miles. The campground is on the north side of Houston Mesa Road.

Maps & Brochures

Houston Mesa Campground Map


Phone: Facebook: Houston Mesa Campground Facebook Page
Web: Tonto National Forest Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

Fall and Spring – Houston Mesa Campground is busiest in the summertime, additionally summer monsoon storms can be violent, with high winds and rain. However, fall and spring should have moderate daytime temperatures.

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What To Do

Hiking – There are many hiking trails adjacent to Houston Mesa Campground or within a short drive.

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